Briefs 07-03-14

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Photography exhibit reception in Santa Fe

The photo-eye Gallery announces an exhibition of photographs by Tom Chambers, “Reverie.” The artist will be present for the opening and reception from 5-7 p.m. July 25. This is the second exhibition in the new gallery located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District. Exhibition runs through Sept. 13.

Chambers modernizes Renaissance painting techniques with his camera, creating photomontages that embody the aesthetic capacity of light in the printed image. 

While drawing from pivotal works in the lineage of art history, from Renaissance art to the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, Chamber’s photographs are inspire by dreams and reverie, presenting curious narratives that captivate the viewer and engage the imagination.


Art collaboration blends Chinese, Navajo art

Ai Weiwei, a Chinese dissident artist, and Navajo artist Bert Benally through a collaboration, will create “Pull of the Moon,” a temporary, site-specific art installation in a remote part of Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation. “Pull of the Moon” is part of Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), a partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. The installation will feature earth-based drawings using sand. 

Benally said of “Pull of the Moon,” “The concept is based on Navajo aesthetics, the idea that for the Navajo, art is more about the process rather than the finished product.” 

A free and public launch event for “Pull of the Moon” will be from 5-7 p.m. July 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, Alan Houser Park and will feature a live performance by German sound artist Robert Henke and Benally based on sounds captured at Coyote Canyon during the installation. 


Navajo painter displays work at Than Povi

Than Povi Fine Art Gallery presents Gerald “New Deer” Nailor’s Paintings, Prints and Micaceous Jewelry. The reception for the artist will be 3-6 p.m. Aug. 21 and the show is going on now until Aug. 23.

The works on view comprise a comprehensive representative sampling of the artist’s creations. The exhibition features 43 watercolor, tempera, oil and pastel paintings, as well as a sampling of archival inkjet prints and two sets of jewelry handmade from micaceous clay. 

Aritsts who have participated in the series to date include Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi-Choctaw), George Toya (Jemez), and Geraldine Tso (Navajo).

Nailor Jr. was born and raised at the Pueblo of Picuris in North Central New Mexico. He developed his love for art at an early age, being greatly influenced by his father Gerald Nailor, Sr. (1917-1952), a Navajo painter whose murals decorate the Navajo Council Chambers in Window Rock, Arizona and the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC.


Monitor Staff Report